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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
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Does capitalism make ‘non-playable characters’ of us all? An uncanny exploration

21 minutes

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Technology and the self

A ‘virtual outing’ on Google Maps reveals a treasured image from Diego’s past

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Technology and the self

An artist swaps her head with everyday objects in a musing on consumerism

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Subcultures

Of memes and magick

Bending a mysterious world to your will was the goal of esoteric practices. Now it’s the unashamed aim of the tech titans

Tara Isabella Burton

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Computing and artificial intelligence

Struggling to learn how to do a backflip, Nikita takes on an unusual training regimen

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Film and visual culture

The truth of photographs

It’s often said that a successful picture ‘captures the essence’ of a subject. But a great photograph does so much more

Daniel Star

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Technology and the self

Why we should worry less about ‘sentient’ AIs and more about what we’re teaching them

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Technology and the self

Greetings from Green Bank – the small town where modern technology is banned

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History of technology

The long-awaited arrival of TV to Shetland sparks debate in this vintage clip

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Politics and government

‘Without a poster, you don’t exist!’ – on the curious political banners of Mumbai

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History of technology

We’ve always been distracted

Worried that technology is ‘breaking your brain’? Fears about attention spans and focus are as old as writing itself

Joe Stadolnik

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The future

What’s the healthiest way to handle a creeping feeling that the world is ending?

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Social psychology

Social contagions can cause genuine illness, and TikTok may be a superspreader

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Technology and the self

One woman prepares for the risky solitude of Georgia O’Keeffe’s American West

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Work

Catch those idle moments of connection between coworkers on a smoke break

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Technology and the self

Adaptive technologies have helped Stephen Hawking, and many more, find their voice

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Values and beliefs

How a God-fearing Jewish woman found atheism – and bacon – in her later years

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Technology and the self

Help! Brain overload

As tasks mount up, our brain’s ability to juggle goes down. Neuroergonomic tactics can relieve the cognitive burden

Emily Willingham

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Gender and identity

How the spy-cam epidemic in South Korea affects the women who are its victims

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Mood and emotion

Close-ups on the night of anticipation in the 2020 US presidential elections

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Technology and the self

‘Perfection is for the gods,’ and this sculptor gets to a thousandth of an inch of it

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Technology and the self

When an AI rejects him for life insurance, Mitch wonders if he can escape his fate

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Sleep and dreams

Inside your dreamscape

Dream-hacking techniques can help us create, heal and have fun. They could also become tools of commercial manipulation

Adam Haar Horowitz, Robert Stickgold & Antonio Zadra

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Consciousness and altered states

‘Meditation without meditating’ might be possible. Can it also be made ethical?

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